Equanimity and Critical Thinking in the Digital Age

Old-fashioned notions of critical thinking and measured inquiry go back to Socrates and the ancient Greeks; the roots of equanimity and mindfulness even further. In the Digital Age of ten second sound bites, fake news, embedded hyperlinks and self-reinforcing algorithms, the skills of focus, critical thinking and equanimity are anything but quaint – they are essential.  Join us on October 8th for a discussion on detangling the blur of 21st century life.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

Join the Service with Zoom

>> Connect to the service via Zoom

Order of Service

Centering Thought

“Don’t let the force of an impression when it first hits you knock you off your feet; just say to it: Hold on a moment; let me see who you are and what you represent. Let me put you to the test.” 

― Epictetus

Centering Music

performed by Peter Steur


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#67 We Sing Now Together

Chalice Lighting

We Light This Chalice from the Upanishads, adapted, read by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

Spirit of Life by Kathy Huff, read by Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

with Cate Ziegler, “The Octopus”

Sing and Rejoice

Singing the children to RE

Holding Caring Pastoral Space

Cate Ziegler

Pastoral Hymn

#83 Winds Be Still


Praying for Release from “Exultation” by Monza Naff, led by Cate Ziegler


#18 What Wondrous Love Is This?


Our Share the Plate Partner for September is Opikihiwawin.

Opikihiwawin responds to the needs of Indigenous adoptees and foster people in all stages of their lives by providing cultural education, supports and advocacy. They believe that it is every Indigenous adoptee and foster person’s inherent right to know and experience their culture. Opikihiwawin’s cultural programs create a positive sense of identity and belonging and help adoptees and foster people build relationships in the Indigenous community.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends. To donate via e-transfer/Interac use office@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca; in the note, you MUST include your name and whether your donation is for the Sunday offering or your pledge. You can also send a cheque by mail to the church at First UU Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Cr. Winnipeg, MB R3M 0A7

To see these options later, click here: https://uuwinnipeg.mb.ca/stewardship/give/ 

Offertory Music

performed by Peter Steur


Equanimity and Critical Thinking in the Digital Age, by Cate Ziegler

Closing Hymn

#1058 Be Ours a Religion


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

As We Weather the Winds of Change by Maureen Killoren, read by Steve Lennon

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Cate Ziegler
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Accompanist: Peter Steur
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others.
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Octavia MacIsaac, Adina Lyon
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

To contact SunServ (Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

We ask that you refrain from taking photos and making recordings during and after the service unless you have received express permission from all people involved. Please turn off all electronic devices during the service.